Joan Crawford

Movie Picks | Strait-Jacket (1964) | Once an axe-murderer, always an axe-murderer?

Strait-Jacket

After spending twenty years in a psychiatric hospital for the axe-murder of her cheating husband, Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) is anxious about re-entering society.

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Movie Picks | Mildred Pierce (1945) | Mo’ money, mo’ (man, parenting, and legal) problems

mildred-pierce

When Mildred Pierce’s mediocre marriage falls apart, she (Joan Crawford) uses her mean pie-bakin’ skills to provide for her family and eventually becomes a successful restaurateur. Unfortunately, Mildred’s obsession of satisfying the insatiable materialistic cravings of her bratty, ungrateful daughter Veda threatens her own well-being. Her penchant for bad men doesn’t help either.

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Uncredited: William Faulkner and Catherine Turney) (based on the 1941 novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain)
Produced by Jerry Wald
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures